Measuring Income Distribution across Space and Time in the American States

Langer, Laura
March 1999
Social Science Quarterly (University of Texas Press);Mar99, Vol. 80 Issue 1, p55
Academic Journal
The article attempts to validate measures of income distribution across space and time in the U.S. An important question that has fascinated scholars for decades is whether concentrations of income-yield biases in the political processes favoring the haves over the have-nots. Even today, the causes and consequences of disparities in income remain of central concern and the linkages between income inequality and democratic principles continue to be debated as new evidence is brought to bear on this important topic. While the literature to date contributes to our understanding of the rote that income distribution plays in society, the fact remains that very little is known about the causes and consequences, governmental or otherwise, of income inequality in the American states. The existing research does not evaluate how government and political processes shape income distribution under alternative institutional settings across states and over time.


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